We use 380,000,000,000 of them every year. They are made primarily from petroleum and natural gas. They never biodegrade. They are the Silent Killers. They are plastic bags & we need to stop using them. Together, we can take small steps to make a big impact.
Special thanks to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange for making this video become a reality. After Mrs. Green sharing her obsession about plastic bag consumption and her desire to send a strong message to consumers with Sheila Kressler-Crowley, Marketing Director of Bookmans,, Sheila generously offered the services of national Addy Award winner, Harrison Kressler, to help create a video encouraging the use of reusable bags. The result? The Silent Killer – a short film that reflects the true impact of plastic bags on our environment. After many hours of research, writing and set building, and under the creative direction of Mr. Kressler, the Silent Killer was filmed on a hot day in a warehouse in Tucson, Arizona, with the help of family and friends, who served as actors, grips, prop holders and errand runners (it’s called COMMUNITY.) We hope that the message of this film will inspire you to eliminate the use of plastic bags in your life and also that you will care enough to share this video with others.
Plastic Bag Facts: know better, do better.
- Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
- Approx. 100 billion of the 380 billion are plastic shopping bags.
- An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are required to make that many plastic bags.
- Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.
- Thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million birds die each year as a result of plastic pollution.
Interested in Learning More? Some GREAT websites with info to help you just say NO!
MIDWAY: A Film by Chris Jordan (Mrs. Green gives this a HIGH FIVE!)
How Plastic Bags Are Made
Plastic Pollution Coalition, The Recycling Myth
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary
reuseit.com, Facts About the Plastic Bag Pandemic
girst.org, Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten 100 times worse in 40 years
Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?